Masdar wins Emirates Energy Awards in Dubai
Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, Masdar, was awarded two titles at the 4th annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES) held in conjunction with the 19th annual Water, Technology and Environment Exhibition.
The event, held in Dubai, saw Masdar being presented with an Emirates Energy Award in the Research and Development category for their Renewable Energy Desalination Programme.
The award was presented by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group.
Masdar were also awarded in the Large Project category for its joint venture with ADNOC, the Al Reyadah CCUS project.
“As this year’s WETEX comes to a close, we are proud to see Masdar being recognised for its contribution to the renewable energy sector, driving us closer to achieving the UAE’s 2050 goals, commented Bader Al Lamki, Executive of Clean Energy at Masdar.
“We look forward to continuing our strategic partnership with WETEX in the coming years and congratulate our strategic partner, DEWA, on the delivery of an outstanding event.”
The renewable energy company was otherwise also successfully represented throughout WGES, as experts discussed clean-tech innovation, the opportunities and challenges of developing a smart city, and the next stage of urban evolution.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.